Hendricks County Rib-Fest & Balloon Glow

One of the best events of the summer in Central Indiana occurs the last Saturday in June every year when the Hendricks County Rib-Fest & Balloon Glow lights up the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds with the illumination of festive hot air balloons and fireworks after dark.

Rib-fest also features music, not-for-profit vendor booths and lots of delicious food. New this year, there will be a beer tent for attendees ages 21 and older. 

The event kicks off with the Rib-Run 5k in the morning and ends with fireworks in the evening. Don't forget to bring your blankets and chairs so you can kick back and enjoy all the socially distanced fun.

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Event Information

  • Event Date:  June 26, 2021
  • Schedule: Event starts at 4 p.m. | Rib Run begins at 8 a.m. |  Fireworks will start after dusk.
  • Address: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds; 1900 E Main St, Danville, Indiana 46122
  • Parking: $5; enter Gate 5 off North Country Road 200 East
  • Event Admission: Free
  • Contact: Avon Chamber of Commerce, (317) 272-4333
  • More Information: Website |  App

Top Reasons to Attend

Great Food

It wouldn’t be a Rib-Fest without ribs, so that is the headliner, but other barbecue meats and sides are available. In addition, civic groups usually get in on the action providing elephant ears, strawberry shortcake sundaes and other fair favorites. All the food and drinks are purchased with tickets that you buy at the designated ticket tents when you arrive.

Beer Tent

NEW THIS YEAR! A beer tent will be available for those 21 years old and over.

Music by DJ

A DJ will play tunes and take requests via the Hendricks County Rib-Fest App.

Vendor Booths

There will be plenty of not-for-profit vendor booths to visit.

Hot Air Balloons

A balloon glow occurs at dusk proceeding a fireworks display. Special appearances will be made by Finley the Flying Fish and Pig.

Run / Walk Event

The popular 5K Rib Run has become a favorite and will kick off the event at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.

Safety Precautions

The Hendricks County Rib-Fest encourages social distancing and wearing masks when not eating or drinking. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the event. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Food Tickets

Where do I buy tickets? We will be selling food tickets at the Avon Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, June 15th & 22nd.   Tickets will be sold at the Food Ticket Tent at the event.  ** NO REFUNDS! ALL TICKET SALES FOR RIB-FEST ARE FINAL! **

How much are tickets? $1, Sheet of 5 tickets/$5. VENDORS DO NOT ACCEPT CASH, SO FOOD TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ORDER TO BUY FOOD FROM VENDORS! ** NO REFUNDS! ALL TICKET SALES FOR RIB-FEST ARE FINAL! ** 

Cost for food and drinks? Food prices vary. See the Maps and Menu Tile for the complete menu for each vendor or online at www.hendrickscountyribfest.com.

How late do you sell food tickets? We will stop selling food tickets at 9:30pm. Tickets purchased are non-refundable.  Food tickets can be saved for next year’s event!

Do you accept credit cards for food tickets? Cash and credit cards are accepted. ** NO REFUNDS! ALL TICKET SALES FOR RIB-FEST ARE FINAL!

Coolers

Can I bring a cooler? No. Coolers are prohibited.

Pets

May I bring my pet to Rib-Fest? For the safety and happiness of our furry friends, and for venue cleanliness, please leave your pets comfortably at home.

Event Schedule

Where to find the schedule of events, event map, parking information, etc?  This information can be found at www.hendrickscountyribfest.com or within the free mobile app.

How will I be informed of schedule changes?   Push notifications will be sent out to those who have downloaded the mobile app.  App can be downloaded from all Apple and Android devices. 

Golf Carts

May I bring my golf cart?  No personal golf carts are allowed due to liability.

Kids Activities

Are there kids activities? We will have inflatables, activities and petting zoo for kids. 

Is there a cost for kids activities?   There are no costs involved with these activities.